Thursday, 29 November 2012

Do you have a green thumb? Why not check out 'The Vaucluse Garden Club' ?

What will you do in  2013?

Do you have any ideas in mind?
If you enjoy gardening and leaning about different plant varieties why not join ' The Vaucluse Garden Club'?

The Vaucluse Garden Club was established in 1981 to provide friendship and inspiration for a garden lover.

Meeting Information:
Where: Vaucluse Tea Rooms, Wentworth Road Vaucluse 
When: The first meeting is on the 20th of February 2013
             10.15am on the third Wednesday of each mont

Cost: $10.00

Show ’n Tell 20th February 2013, 10.15am, Vaucluse House Tearooms:
On the first meeting people are encouraged to bring along a plant or cutting that’s got them stumped, or some unusual plant which they can talk about. Some people will bring along a few cuttings to share with others.

For more information contact: President: Lorraine Emerson 02 9371 6630 or email

Monday, 26 November 2012

White Ribbon Day Men's Breakfast

Now in its 5th year JewishCare’s White Ribbon Day Men's (WRD) Breakfast continues to raise awareness about domestic violence and importantly to ensure men pledge to impress on their friends and associates how wrong domestic violence is.  

Domestic violence is not purely physical violence, it can be psychological/emotional, financial or social.  At any one time JewishCare is supporting around 12 families, invariably women  who are experiencing domestic violence.

WRD is the first day of the JewishCare initiative, 16 Days 16 Rabbis 16 Synagogues in which the Rabbonim commit to tell their congregations about the community scourge that is domestic violence.

125 attendees packed into the Vidor Family Community Lounge to hear an address by keynote speaker Heath Ducker pictured with JewishCare President Allan Vidor and JCA President Peter Philippsohn.

Malcolm Turnbull visits the new home of JewishCare

Malcolm Turnbull with Elena Tsetlin the Manager of Print35 Design Studio
The member for Wentworth, Malcolm Turnbull visited the new home of JewishCare .

The new purpose built facility in Saber Street Woollahra enables all of JewishCare’s 90 staff to work out of the one building. This is a huge improvement over the previous arrangement when JewishCare occupied three different locations. The new situation is already showing benefits in terms of cost savings, improved efficiency and better client services.

Mr Turnbull  said “  Fischl House is a valuable facility which confirms the vital role of JewishCare, the organisation that each year supports 4000 people in need within the Jewish community . I was particularly impressed with Print35 Design Studio which now has a shopfront on Newland Street. Print35 Design Studio designed and printed the Rosh Hashana greeting cards that Lucy and myself recently sent out. We were impressed with the quality and I would encourage everyone to utilise this facility which provides employment opportunities for people with a disability”

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Unleash the artist within! Why not try a water colour art class!

Have you ever wished you could paint? or are you just looking for something interesting to do in your free time?

Why not attend Holdsworth Community Centre for their 'Water-colour Art Classes' for people 55 +
The Water-colour Art Classes is a collection of lessons that will teach the fundamentals of drawing, plus detailed coverage of water-colour techniques.

Attendee's will learn how to apply various types of washes and control the amount of blending that occurs between two colours. This course also describes the process for special effects such as scratching, scraping, blotting, dry-brushing, and lifting out, scrubbing out, spattering, applying opaque paint and masking.

They teach quick sketching and water-colour techniques and will occasionally travel with a sketchbook around the leafy suburb to sketch areas or items that inspire people . Discover what essential supplies you require. Practice in classes and receive expert coaching in drawing, perspective, figures, buildings and landscapes from a qualified Art teacher.

When: Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 pm - 230 pm
Location: Holdsworth Community Centre, 64 Holdsworth Street Woollahra

Cost: $11 includes materials and equipment needed
Aged Case Work recommends art classes for seniors as they allow us to learn new skills, meet new people, socialise, get out and about in our community and create our own masterpiece! 

For more information call: 9302 3600
Holdsworth Community Centre. 64 Holdsworth St, Woollahra NSW 2025

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Have you heard of 'Arthritis New South Wales'?

Arthritis NSW provides support, advice and information for people with arthritis or other musculoskeletal conditions as well as their families

Athritis NSW:                                                             
  • Enables people to develop self-management skills
  • Provides seminars and community programs for the community and health professionals
  • Promotes community awareness of the issues associated with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions
  • Works with health professionals to improve management of arthritis and early diagnosis 
  • Supports research into the causes and treatment of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions.
There are over 44 Arthritis NSW branches and support groups throughout New South Wales.

If you suffer from arthritis you may be interested in attending one of their support groups.

Arthritis New South Wales has a convenient support group locator its very easy to use, just choose the area you live in and it will give you details of support groups in that area.
The support groups allow us an opportunity to:
  • Join together to support each other
  • Gain knowledge about arthritis or other musculoskeletal conditions
  • Learn effective skills to manage your condition
  • Listen to a guest speaker
  • Find out about events on in NSW
The Aged Care Team recommends attending support groups. The importance of being able to express yourself,  to meet people where you are able to talk freely about your health  and  to learn about effective treatments is essential for your wellbeing .

For more information call 1800 011 041 or

Thursday, 8 November 2012

National Sunnies Day

Today is National Sunnies Day - 8 November 2012


Although National Sunnies Day is aimed at educating primary school children The Aged Care Team feel that the info below is a good message for the young or old. It's never to late to protect your eyes so wear sunglasses, wide brimmed hats, sit in shady areas, stay out of the sun between 11-4 when the sun is at its highest, be aware of smart sun care and UV rays.
What is National Sunnies Day?

National Sunnies Day is an exciting new education initiative launched by the Queensland Eye Institute. Now in its second year, National Sunnies Day aims to raise awareness and funds to help eliminate blindness from our community.

National Sunnies Day has been designed to actively engage primary school students through effective communication, learning and leadership through the distribution of materials in the subject of science through a five year planned roll-out throughout Australian schools.

Who does it help?

As well as offering educational opportunities and encouraging awareness about good eye care in the community, National Sunnies Day has an important fundraising component.
All proceeds raised from merchandise sales and fundraising activities for National Sunnies Day will go directly to the Prevent Blindness Foundation to help continue research, education and clinical care being done at the Queensland Eye Institute to prevent blindness and preserve sight now and in the future. This is to introduce the National Sunnies Day message about the importance of protecting your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays from an early age.

Facts - Did you know?
  • Eye disease and blindness are major problems that remain heavily under treated in Australia.
  • Australians not only have a high rate of skin cancer and melanoma, but also many diseases of the eye
    are also caused by the sun.
  • Over half a million (575,000) Australians have vision loss, the prevalence of which increase three times
    with each decade over the age of 40. The most common are uncorrected refractive error, cataract,
    glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
  • We are all at risk of losing of our vision however, most vision problems are caused by conditions that
    are either treatable or preventable.
  • The older we become, the more susceptible we are.
  • Loss of sight in children can occur in many ways – through retinopathy/ prematurity, congenital cataracts,
    or eye cancer.
  • Increasing evidence suggests that a significant cause of eye damage is through excessive exposure to
    the sun’s ultra-violet rays.
  • Most people receive significant sun exposure in their early years.
  • Exposure to sunlight has been associated with cataracts, pterygia (pron. terr-idge-ia) and causing both cancer and pre-cancerous conditions on the eye’s surface.
  • A study has shown that children who live their childhood in Brisbane are much more likely to develop pterygium than children who grow up in Melbourne.
  • The health costs associated with treating eye disease are enormous for our community.
What can you do?

Monday, 5 November 2012

Making Donations to JewishCare

It has been extremely rewarding to watch our donations database expand with new donors coming on board each month. 

Full credit must go to all our staff who are providing services that are recognized as being

of great value to our community.  We are constantly being told that “ JewishCare does wonderful work in the community”. Therefore It is thanks to everyone that we are being acknowledged and are receiving financial support in the form of spontaneous donations.

Many people choose to use their Simcha (Bar, Bat Mitzvah, wedding or birthday ) to raise money for JewishCare by requesting that they give a donation to JewishCare in lieu of gifts.
To find out how you can make this happen please call Maureen on 9302 8003 or click on this form:

For more info about bequests and sponsorships -

Whatever the reason be assured your generosity is greatly appreciated and will be put to good use.